July 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- A panel of UAB faculty members recently met with new Blazer student-athletes to provide information and insight that will assist them as they settle into campus life.
The class, which was held at the Sterne Library, was part of a workshop coordinated by Justin Mackey and Greg Green of the Athletics Academics staff. Overall, there are eight scheduled sessions being held with representatives across the UAB campus who will present information to the newest Blazer student-athletes.
"We were really looking to provide information and interaction with people that these students will encounter in their time here at UAB," Mackey said.
Mackey organized the faculty panel class after several meetings with Dr. Kristi Menear, Chair for the Department of Human Studies - School of Education.
Dr. Menear, who served as the moderator for the panel, and Mackey met several times prior to the class session to discuss issues that they felt student-athletes now face and how to break down barriers perceived between athletics and academics.
The panel of faculty members that met recently with the student-athletes consisted of the following: Dr. Menear; Dr. Anthony Hood, Assistant Professor, School of Business, Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Associate Professor and Director of African American Studies; and Dr. Walter Ward, Assistant Professor, History Department.
Among the key points emphasized by the panel to the student-athletes included communication with faculty, be punctual to classes and obligations and have a presence when you are there, as well being engaged in the process.
"We want you to be successful as athletes, but we also want you to be successful as students, and you can be," Dr. Morgan told the group. "We want you to become well-rounded people."
Dr. Hood, who holds a pair of degrees from UAB, closed the session by telling the student-athletes, "You represent UAB, our faculty and our University. Represent it well."
"I thought it was a very productive session and we are extremely grateful to the faculty members who took the time to come speak to our student-athletes," Mackey said.